Tuesday, 20 July 2010

'With this, or upon this"

"Thucydides reports that when Spartan men went to war, their wives (or another women of some significance) would customarily present them with their shield and say: "With this, or upon this" (Ἢ τὰν ἢ ἐπὶ τᾶς, Èi tàn èi èpì tàs), meaning that true Spartans could only return to Sparta either victorious (with their shield in hand) or dead (carried upon it)."

This sparked an idea to create disorder markers for the Spartan army based on the aspis or shield of the unit being used. Similar markers have already been used for other armies, but they are not as specific to the individual army nor do they have such significance historically either. Here are the first four markers, but ultimately one will be required for each phalanx of the army and the other supporting units as well.

The bases are created in the same way as the unit stands are done, allowing for the marker to be placed at the rear of the unit without losing the visual appeal of the large bases in Impetus by using other counters.

Thats all for now...

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